Hällered, a fenced-in 7 million m² area an hour away from Gothenburg, Sweden, is Volvo Cars main testing facility. The track stretches 26 km, consisting of 15 different test tracks designed to simulate every type of road surface and weather condition a car can be subjected to during its long life time, including a fully-equipped public highway within the area. The tests are carefully planned and computer monitored. In just a few months, cars are aged as much as during the entire anticipated lifetime of the vehicles in normal traffic, thanks to test drivers working around the clock. The car's active safety system is also tested at the facility. A special rig has been developed just to test the Pedestrian Detection system that should detect pedestrians and apply the brakes if the driver does not react in time.
All-New BMW Vision - Plug-In Hybrid Sports Car (HD)
BMW serial sports car with Plug-in Hybrid Technology. BMW presented a fully
road-ready technology showcase vehicle based on the BMW Vision
EfficientDynamics concept. The concept has overall system output of 241
kW/328 bhp and an average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle (KV01) of
3.76 litters/100 kilometers.
New Buick Regal GS / Turbocharged - (In/Out/Driving) in HD
Buick revealed the production version of the 2012 Regal GS, an even
sportier expression of the Regal sport sedan that went on sale earlier this
year and has attracted new buyers to the Buick family. Powered by a
high-output, exclusive Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed manual
transmission, the GS delivers an estimated 255 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft.
of torque for a 0-60 mph performance of less than seven seconds. It goes on
sale in the second half of 2011.
All-New 5-Door Range Rover Evoque (HD)
Enhanced by extra practicality and greater family appeal, the 5-Door Range
Rover Evoque joins the coupé model to create a line-up that will transform
the premium compact SUV segment. Like the coupé, the 5-Door Range Rover
Evoque remains faithful to the spirit of the Land Rover LRX concept car,
offering an innovative new interpretation of the original cross-coupé
Volvo S60 vs Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series review - Auto Express
The new Volvo faces some tough competition. The BMW 3-Series is our current
class champ, combining engaging driving dynamics with top-notch quality,
low running costs and a line-up of efficient engines.
Joining it is the Audi A4, which sets the standard with its classy looks,
fantastic cabin and composed chassis. So, will the usual suspects overwhelm
the S60 -- or can the new kid on the block cause a major upset?
2013 Volvo V40 - Crash Test
The all-new Volvo V40 - Safety & Support:
The most IntelliSafe Volvo model ever
Adding several new high-tech features to a full deck of safety and support
systems from larger models makes the all-new Volvo V40 the most IntelliSafe
Volvo so far.
The new features include world-first Pedestrian Airbag Technology, Lane
Keeping Aid with haptic auto steering, an ingenious Park Assist Pilot,
automatic Road Sign Information, Active High Beam and a Cross Traffic Alert
radar system at the rear.
The all-new V40 also features the groundbreaking Pedestrian Detection with
full auto brake - as well as the City Safety further developed low-speed
collision avoidance system which now operates at speeds up to 50 km/h.
Park Assist Pilot - making parallel parking easy
A study by global research institute TNS reveals that one-third of European
drivers have problems with parallel parking. In a similar study by UK
insurer elephant.co.uk, around two-thirds of interviewed drivers stated
that they felt uncomfortable in parallel parking situations.
The new Park Assist Pilot makes parallel parking easy and precise by taking
over and operating the steering wheel while the driver handles the gearbox
and controls the car's speed.
The parking manoeuvre is based on front, rear and side-facing ultrasonic
When the driver activates the Park Assist Pilot the sensors start to scan
the side of the car. When a parking slot measuring a minimum of 1.2 times
the car's length is detected, the driver is notified by an audible signal
and advised to stop via a message in the instrument cluster.
The display guides the driver step by step via texts and animations in the
instrument cluster until the car is correctly parked. Although the driver
initially engages reverse gear and continues to control the speed of the
car, steering is taken over by the Park Assist Pilot. When parking is
completed the driver is notified by an audible signal and a text message.
The all-new Volvo V40 can also be equipped with a rear park assist camera
and park assist sensors front and rear.
Lane Keeping Aid - active help to stay on course
Studies show that many accidents take place in uncritical traffic
situations and good weather conditions due to driver distraction,
drowsiness or illness. Approximately 30 percent of all accidents in Volvo
Cars' statistical accident database are accidents with an initial road
departure. About 75 percent of these occur on roads with speed limits of 70
km/h or more.
The new Lane Keeping Aid in the V40 helps the driver stay in the intended
lane. This feature applies extra steering torque to the steering column
when the car gets close to a lane marking and is about to leave the lane.
The system is active at speeds between 65 km/h and 200 km/h.
The forward-looking camera monitors the left and right lane markings. Lane
Keeping Aid registers the car's progress between the lane markings and
takes action if the driver shows signs of unintentionally drifting out of
As a first step Lane Keeping Aid applies gentle steering wheel torque to
help the driver steer back onto the intended course. If the car leaves the
lane, the technology generates a distinctive warning through a haptic
vibration in the steering wheel.
Tom Waes test Volvo S60
Tom Waes test de nieuwe S60 in het verkeersopleidingscentrum in Brugge voor
Volvo S40 review - What Car?
Read the What Car? Volvo S40 review http://bit.ly/zSK6k1
The Volvo S40 is good to drive, with sharp handling and plenty of grip. The
cabin is solid and stylish and all models are very well equipped.
Some models look pricey compared to mainstream rivals. The ride is firm,
and rear-seat and boot space aren't generous.
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The Volvo S60 review
Bob takes the wheel of the new S60, can it really be a contender for the
uber saloon market
Top secret proving ground - Hällered, Sweden
The test facility at Hällered in Sweden is a veritable torture chamber for
cars. Here, Volvo cars are made to suffer around the clock in
extraordinarily tough conditions. (In just a few months cars are aged as
much as during the entire anticipated lifetime of the vehicles in normal